February 25, 2012

Time to eat!

So week one of the Open is in the bag and I did way better than I expected. I'm pretty happy with that but now it's time to move on to the next challenge. Not only do I have a few days to obsess over what they have in store for us but Regina & Travis have asked me to put on 10 pounds of muscle. I'm up for about any challenge but that's a lot of eating. Now don't get me wrong. I love to eat. Donuts, Burgers, Pizza, and Ice Cream could easily be my favorite food groups. Unfortunately, none of those things will fall on my new diet. For the last month I have been pretty much vegan but if I am going to put on some extra muscle I need to add more protein without losing vitamins. Here is what typical day will look like.

Salads, Fruits, & Veggies
Baby Spinach
Red Kale
Strawberries
Grapes
Peppers
Onions
Guacamole & lemon for salad dressing


All of these fruits & veggies carry different antioxidants, vitamins, & nutrients that you need when you are on a difficult exercise program. Also the fruits curb my cravings for sweets so that's an added bonus.

Nuts & Protein Shakes
I love almonds. They have protein and healthy fat that helps you build muscle. The PB2 is a powdered peanut butter that I will be adding to whey protein shakes. It will add some healthy fats and sweeten up the shakes a little. My buddy Jax turned me on to that stuff. Thanks Jax!

My entrees are usually Chicken & Brown Rice, Turkey, Chicken Burgers, & Veggie burgers. There is a lot of protein in all of that. I also have a green veggie with it. I usually either make asparagus or broccoli. I'll also have applesauce with vanilla whey protein mixed in as a snack. I also take in little to no dairy and oil where I can help it.



Organization    
  If you want to stick to something you have to plan for it. I suggest making all your meals in advance so all you have to do is open and start eating. It will help keep you from cheating and makes the whole meal plan thing really simple. I break all of the above foods into 5-6 meals spread out over the day.

Last but certainly not least, I allow myself one cheat day per week. On that day I eat like a man on death row. It gives me something to look forward to and helps me stay on track.

I hope some of this helps you if you are trying to find ways to eat healthy, supplement, or fuel yourself for a workout.


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